GLOCAL Dissertation Topics

See the sections below for the GLOCAL dissertations so far.

Dissertation titles of the first cohort of GLOCAL students, who started their studies in 2017 and graduated in December 2019

1st cohort graduation

Pathway A (Glasgow-Barcelona-Rotterdam)

Marginalisation, Poverty and Creative Cities: Arts, Science, Innovation and Urban Development
Creative Industries in Emerging Countries: balancing economic growth and inequality
Changing dynamics of the design economy Netherlands since the 1980s
How does cultural policy accommodate for diversity? A comparative study of arts promotion in Dublin and Rotterdam
Cultural Policy in the Time of Neoliberalism: Exploring the Socio-Economic Effects of The European Capital of Culture Programme in Three Cities
Mapping and Analysis of Creative City Networks
Multiculturalism: A Cause or Means to Gentrification
Musiconomics : How Sweden’s global music factory works
Markets and Superdiversity: A case study of Rotterdam
Influence of spaces on communication, collaboration, productivity and well-being
Workforce immigration and the case of Puerto Rican and Cuban immigrants in the US
The Development and Marketing Strategies of Cultural Creative Industries—take Japanese manga and cartoon industries for example

 

Pathway B: (Glasgow-Barcelona-Göttingen)

Importing entrepreneurial spirit? Return migrant entrepreneurship in Lithuania, 1990-2018
European Integration: Greek Trade Unions’ Perspectives and Responses, 1980-2010
A Comparative Analysis between the Pakistani Female Immigrant Entrepreneurs working in London and Manchester
Management of Political Risks and Uncertainty by Indian-Zambian Entrepreneurs, 1945 – 2019
Social-environmental conflict in La Gomera: the case study of the water bottling plant of Taguluche 1998-2015
Bangladeshi Immigrant entrepreneurs of London and Luton
Public-Private-Partnerships for Peacebuilding. The Case of Meta in Colombia
The Role of Uncertainty Avoidance and Success Targets in Berlin’s Startups
Creative Industries in Ukraine: From Indifference to Enthusiasm
Medellín’s transformation into a `Creative City´? From drug and gang violence to innovation districts and library parks, urban policy initiatives 1990 – 2018 
The Fashion Question: Feminism in Vogue, 1960-1980 – An Image and Discourse Analysis
Mercosur and Trade Liberalization in Latin America: The Effects of Regional Economic Integration in the Automotive Industry, 1990s to Today 
Turkish Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Germany and the Netherlands
The Pink Tide and the City: A study of São Paulo’s urban planning policies under the government of Fernando Haddad (2013-2016)
Open Higher Education for Refugees through Digital Solutions
Extractive Industry and Child Labour – a case study on Madagascar
Road from Damascus: Investigating Syrian Newcomer Entrepreneurship in Germany since the 2015 Refugee Crisis
Balancing between Temerity and Docility: Female Entrepreneurs in Cambodia
Dissertation titles of the second cohort of GLOCAL students, who started their studies in 2018 and graduated in December 2020

Pathway A (Glasgow-Barcelona-Rotterdam)

“Follow the product”: Changing Geographical Associations in Luxury Fashion
A Living Room for the City. A Comparative Perspective on the Contribution of LocHal Tilburg and V&A Dundee to Culture-Led Redevelopment
Blue and white: The Cultural Influence of Chinese Porcelain on the Netherlands
Bulgarian female entrepreneurs in London
Can creative economy drive economic growth in the Global South?
Comparing the history of business and city branding. 
Decoding Heritage & Luxury Branding Strategies for Premium Brands: from Starting a Business to Building an Empire
Globalisation, EU Policy Drivers in the Growth of EMJMDs, and the Mobility Implications for Latin American Students
Hip Hop Huis in Rotterdam (2002-2020)
International sea transports in relation with post-colonial development in West Africa (coastal countries) 1960-2000.
Making It: Resiliency of Creative Agencies in the Digital, Glocal Economy
Port City Festivals. Their Role and Impact 
Precarity through the time: career trajectories of fashion photographers
Queer Spaces & Local Creativities
Social capital of live music. Understanding small sized events
The development and the culture orientated national strategy – the case of  South Korean entertainment industry
The development of menswear fashion in London
The right to the ordinary city. Rethinking culture and creativity in Latin America through the scoial circus practices in the 21st century
The transform of hospitality industry in the Netherlands from 1997 onward: A case study on Booking.com
Whose Waste is it anyway? 


Pathway B: (Glasgow-Barcelona-Göttingen)

A comparative analysis of Germany and Japan’s energy transition from a geopolitical perspective
Airbnb and Gentrification: How the Sharing Economy Affects Urban Inequality
Central Bank and Financial Education: an analysis of the Brazilian case
Collective land management: land reforms and environmental sustainability in the Scottish Highlands
Complementary Currencies as an Instrument of Local Economic Development
Consuming authenticity in global cities: resurgence of local identity through specialty coffee industry in Barcelona and Hamburg
Development, Segregation, and Community Activism: A Case Study of the Development of Baltimore’s “Black Butterfly”
Economic Development in East Germany after 1990
Effects of technology on industrial labour in Pakistan – historical and contemporary perspectives
Energy Transitions and the Decarbonisation of Scotland’s Railway
Gentrification and Policies of Social Mixing in Urban Neighborhoods
Going Green: why and how cities turn into “eco-cities”
Growth of Latin Music in Global Markets
How the rise of the Digital Platform Economy disrupts and transforms the role of advertising, media agency and marketers
Labour and environmental policies in the late 20th century
Local financial technology start-ups and the implication on traditional global banking industry
Northeast Passage as a Future Trade Route connecting China and Europe
Private Sector & Grassroots Initiatives for Refugee Integration in Germany
Skilled Migration and Brain Drain 
The Charging Model of Multi-Sided Platforms
The constant fight for survival: German family Mittelstands’ transformation, from 1970s onwards- A case study of Magura
The Evolution of Social Businesses in Germany after the European Refugee Crisis
The role of banks in the environmental protection 
To be young and in Russia: The Impact of Post-Soviet privatisation of healthcare and education on Russian Youth
Travel Industry and the rise of online travel agencies in South East Asia
Westernization and De-westernization in Beauty Industry in China
When creatives are integrated into urban revival: the regeneration of abandoned spaces 
Dissertation titles of the third cohort of GLOCAL students, who started their studies in 2019 and will graduate in December 2021

Pathway A: (Glasgow-Barcelona-Rotterdam)

Instagrammable cafes and their impact in Oude Noorden and Middelland in Rotterdam (2000-2021)
The fusion of technology and creativity. A qualitative study on the gender balance in the fashion trend forecasting industry
A Pandemic and a Battle for Equality: The 1918 Influenza and its influence on the conditions that gave rise to the ensuing struggle for racial equality during the Red Summer Riots of 1919in the United States
Carnival as a contested space: Social tensions at Recife’s and Rotterdam’s Carnival (2001-2020)
Can cultural and creative industries drive innovation? Cultural practice and innovation labs in Barcelona
Commercialization of Street Art and Rewriting Rotterdam’s urban image (1980-2020)
Towards Gender Equality: The Role of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in the Development of Female Tech Entrepreneurship in Amsterdam
The interwar period: a golden age for professional women in the fashion industry in Shanghai, China
Changes in China-Hong Kong historical and political relationship: the impacts of Hong Kong’s tourism policies and industry on this relationship
Transparency and Traceability: Mechanisms in the Dutch Sustainable Agriculture System:An Exploratory Study into Ecolabelling, Blockchain, and a Fair Model (2000-2020)
Multilingualism and Inclusion: A Explorative Study of Virtual Linguistic Landscape in Tokyo
From the grassroots: Festival de la Chicha, El Maiz, La Vida y La Dicha, between enjoyment and resistance
The impacts of ecotourism on environmental conservation and rural development: a study of “El Camino de Costa Rica”
Connected Transoceanic Histories of Printed Cottons The Metamorphosis from Kalamkari to Sits
Legal Practice in the Age of Disruptive Innovation: The Impact of Technologies on the Dutch Legal Market
Vintage Clothing Retail Business Models in Amsterdam and Rotterdam

Pathway B: (Glasgow-Barcelona-Göttingen)

Socio-political structures in Kazakhstan: The role of cultural features and informal institutions
Perspectives on Plagwitz: Neighborhood revival and the fostering of creative industries in Leipzig’s West, 2000-present
Saving and Consolidating the Central German Chemical Triangle between 1990 and 2005
Mexican SME’s and the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Mexico
Impact of Chinese overseas lending on regional development banks’s portfolio and strategy: the case of the Interamerican Development Bank
Development of Green Hydrogen in Magallanes Region in Chile: Becoming a World Green Energy Supplier?
Resilience of Paraguayan Small Business in Periods of Crisis: Business Ecosystem, Structural Challenges, and Public Policies, 1990s – 2020
Making Sense of Creative Cities and Urban Development: A Study of Philippine Creative Cities
Crisis Support from Government and Non-Government Organizations for Minority Owned Businesses in the United States, from 1970s to present
How Digital Platforms Ecosystem is disrupting the global economy through Digital Transformation and Digital Innovation
Digital Innovation Management in SME’s: Enhancing the Customer Experience through SMACIT Technologies
Actors and decision-making processes of Dutch energy policy: Fossil fuel choices in the 1970s and 1980s
The Cultural and Creative Industry in Switzerland. Perception versus Reality – The current state of academia and the reality of CCI in Basel
Rising to the Challenge of Cross-Sector Marketing? How German NGOs Are Partnering with Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives
Global Markets, Local Advertising: A Comparison of “Influencers” in 1930s and 2010s China
Following the U.S.-American Model? The Emergence of Online-Retailing in Mexico since the 1990s
Fintech in Action: Marketplace Business Lending and the Financial Inclusion of British SMEs through Enhanced Credit Access (2010-2020)
British Family MNEs in the Aftermath of the Brexit